Municipal solid waste management using multiple disposal location-arc routing and waste segregation approach: a real-life case study in England

Fatemeh Hirbod, Tourandokht Karimi, Zahra Mohammadnazari, Masoud Rabbani, Amir Aghsami

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Abstract

In the realm of municipal operations, the effective management of municipal solid waste (MSW) stands out as a pivotal undertaking. It necessitates substantial allocations of fixed and variable resources and financial investments. The bulk of these expenditures are associated with the operational facets encompassing waste collection, transportation, and disposal. This research delves into the examination of multiple Disposal Location Arc Routing Problems (LARP) while considering vehicle capacity limitations and the incorporation of waste segregation. The LARP model is designed to identify the optimal locations for depots and three waste disposal sites. The optimization objectives and constraints applied to the LARP model are geared toward enhancing waste collection efficiency and minimizing costs. Additionally, a triangular fuzzy parameter is introduced to represent the demand. To put this model to the test, a real-world case study in the UK is explored to evaluate its performance and practicality. Finally, a series of sensitivity analyses are conducted, offering valuable managerial insights under varying conditions. The inclusion of waste segregation in this waste management model holds considerable significance for managers. This is particularly relevant because it proposes a more effective strategy for waste management when dealing with diverse types of waste.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-100
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Industrial and Production Engineering
Volume41
Issue number1
Early online date12 Oct 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2024

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 Chinese Institute of Industrial Engineers.

This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Journal of Industrial and Production Engineering. Hirbod, F., Karimi, T., Mohammadnazari, Z., Rabbani, M., & Aghsami, A. (2023). Municipal solid waste management using multiple disposal location-arc routing and waste segregation approach: a real-life case study in England. Journal of Industrial and Production Engineering, (In-Press), (In-Press). Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/21681015.2023.2265925].

It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons AttributionNonCommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Keywords

  • Location arc routing problems
  • municipal disposal sites
  • waste collection
  • waste segregation
  • mathematical mode
  • fuzzy

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